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This Is What 100 Calories Looks Like

Diet fads come and go every day, each one more extreme than the next. No carbs, no fat, high fat, no meat, high meat, no gluten — we don't know about …

21 Of The Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos Of 2014

The delicate pink sakura, or cherry blossom, is associated primarily with the culture of its native Japan. These trees blossom throughout Japan every …

How to Measure the ROI from Your Ongoing SEO Efforts

A conversion can be a completed sign up to your email newsletter, which is considered a goal completion in Google Analytics, that will lead to revenue in the future or a purchase directly from your website.<p>The Multi-Channel Funnels report in Google Analytics is extremely helpful at visualizing …

How To Build A 4K Gaming PC For Less Than $2500 -- Ultra HD Monitor, SSD, And Windows Included

If you approached me toward the end of 2013 and suggested I could build a 4K gaming PC for about $2500, I would have erupted into laughter. But in this post-CES 2014 world, what once seemed impossibly expensive is now approaching the realm of affordability. Not only does this system clock in at …

Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

Home Automation

Datameer picks up $19M to help companies do analytics along with Hadoop

Hadoop, the leading framework used by companies to process huge amounts of data, has become all the rage right now. And commercial distributors of Hadoop, including Cloudera and Hortonworks, receive the bulk of the mindshare.<p>But there’s another set of companies that offer analytics on top of …

In China, people are paying $13 to be locked in a room and forced to solve puzzles to get out

The escape-room gaming business is booming in Beijing. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> has a great story about the converted bomb shelters, office complexes, and apartment buildings where groups of friends must solve puzzles in under an hour in order to get out. It's modeled after Takagism, an online game …

Study Finds 6.4 Million U.S. Homeowners Still Have Underwater Mortgages

Overall the housing news has been good as of late: prices are on the rise, fueled by tight inventory plus lower mortgage rates the first half of the year. Despite those developments, 6.4 million homes remained weighted down by underwater mortgages in Q3 2013, according to a report released today by …

The Insane Amount of Gas Americans Burn Compared to the Rest of the World

The typical American consumes more fuel, on average, than three Germans.<p>I've occasionally written about how U.S. motorists have been driving less and guzzling fewer gallons of gas since the years leading up to the recession. Here's a reminder, though, that compared to the rest of the world, we are …

“Become An iOS Developer In 8 Weeks”: The Truth About Hack Schools

As coding courses and bootcamps flourish, some students get left behind–and that promise of a six-figure salary pops like a bubble.<p>After the design firm where he worked as a web developer went under, Ray S. turned the bad news into an opportunity to transition into iOS development. The Chicago-area …

San Francisco

Bold New Dell Emerges As A Private Company

At Dell World last week, the community got its first close-up view of the company since the privatization this fall. Partners, customers, industry analysts, media, and a couple of stars (Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX and Randi Zuckerberg, formerly of Facebook and now head of her own …

9 Branding Rules to Live By

Some companies never enhance their brand. Here are nine ways to make sure you're not one of them.<p>In an effort to succeed in this challenging economy, small business owners must effectively manage their brands. Remember, for many of them, there is little difference between your personal brand and …

Marketing

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

Warren Buffett's secrets uncovered by new study

Is Warren Buffett's success as an investor the result of luck or skill?<p>Is Warren Buffett's success as an investor the result of luck or skill? That's the question two analysts at AQR Capital Management, one of the world's largest and most sophisticated hedge funds, and a professor at New York …

iPad: $1.50 per year

If you fully drain and charge your iPad every other day it will use about 12 kWh of electricity per year. Source: Electric Power Research Institute

5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk

How do innovative minds like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs come up with their groundbreaking ideas? Here’s five ways they think differently.<p>Drawing parallels between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs is irresistible, but how do big thinkers like them come up with their innovative ideas and how can we reframe our …

Space Travel

Amazon Turned a Flaw into Gold with Advanced Problem-Solving

<i>“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”</i><p>— Albert Einstein<p>Several years ago, Amazon was struggling with scaling its e-commerce infrastructure and realizing that many of its internal software projects took too long to implement, a major pain point from a competitive …

The Major Problem With Cheap Electric Cars

Mitsubishi is the latest in a long line of automakers to slash prices on an electric car, the unpronounceable, unfortunately named i-MiEV. The model …

This company wants to help you escape your terrible corporate job

After three years of working at Ernst & Young in London as a management consultant, Dominic Jackman felt unfulfilled and decided it was time for a change. In 2009, he asked his boss for a sabbatical but was told “no.” In the past three months, six of his colleagues had also asked for sabbaticals …

Goldman Sachs

7 Quick Tips for Better Business Writing

Want your words to wow? Take this basic advice to write more effective emails, memos, and other professional materials.<p>I took many writing classes in college but perhaps the most useful was one focused on business writing. My classmates and I spent a semester editing example after example of …

Creative Writing

The secret to unlocking creativity at the office

Creativity happens when boundaries are crossed.<p>Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams were just small town teachers in Woodland Park, Colorado, when they came up with an idea they believed could change the way many students are taught.<p>They wanted a way to avoid boring lectures and tedious homework. So they …

Creativity

How to export BMWs from the US to China for fun and profit (Note: this is possibly illegal)

US prosecutors are cracking down on a burgeoning black market industry built on the fact that luxury cars sell for much more in China than they do in America. In these schemes, US residents buy cars locally and ship them to buyers in China for a quick and tidy profit. Over the past few months, US …

Luxury Lifestyle

Loans Aren't Taxable Income, But Convincing IRS Of Loan Status Is Priceless

When your uncle loans you $10,000 to tide you over, is it taxable income? Nope. What about when the bank loans you $100,000? No again. That’s provided it’s a real loan and not income. That’s a key distinction that lands lots of taxpayers in trouble.<p>But if it’s a real loan and is <b>forgiven</b>, it is …

The True Costs of Developing an App

<i>Jeremy Rappaport is a writer at Fueled, the leading iPhone application developers and masters of mobile design in New York City. This post was originally published on the Fueled blog.</i><p>Everyone knows about the big names: Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Instagram. Countless others …

Why Working More Than 40 Hours a Week Is Useless

Research shows that consistently working more than 40 hours a week is simply unproductive.<p>For many in the entrepreneurship game, long hours are a badge of honor. Starting a business is tough, so all those late nights show how determined, hard working and serious about making your business work you …

Time Management

How Google Sold Its Engineers on Management

Artwork: Chad Hagen, Graphic Composition No. 1, 2009, digital<p>Since the early days of Google, people throughout the company have questioned the value of managers. That skepticism stems from a highly technocratic culture. As one software engineer, Eric Flatt, puts it, “We are a company built by …

Japan's Cutthroat School System: A Cautionary Tale for the U.S.

A new book shows how fixating on testing and achievement can backfire.<p>"No Child Left Behind." "Race to the Top." The names suggest mobility, progress, moving on up and not falling back. The goal of education, according to these national education initiatives with their standards and testing, is …

No siblings: A side-effect of China's one-child policy

<b>What's it like to grow up in a world where no-one has brothers or sisters? Are siblings really that important? Researchers have been asking those questions for years - and China, with its famous one-child policy, has been a good place to look for an answer.</b><p>Chinese families used to have an average …

How Somebody Forced the World’s Internet Traffic Through Belarus and Iceland

This is a deeply technical but potentially very troubling story. Imagine one day you’re using the Internet the same way you do every day. Reading the …